Albert Njogu and Ryan Randiek shined for Kenya in the round two of the ongoing International Tennis Federation East Africa Junior Circuit Grade 5 at Nairobi Sports Club on Tuesday.
Eighth ranked Albert Njogu was the first in the court against Tomi Perica from Australia whom he beat by two straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
Speaking to Citizen Digital after the win, Njogu said that he is targeting aiming to go all the way to the finals.
“My aim to make it to finals, I made some few mistakes with short balls but I will sharpen my tools in the next encounter,” he said. Njogu who made it to third round in last series made use of forehands to overcome his rival.
The Kenyan boy made mistakes of short balls that Perica took advantage of but capitalized on each forehands he received.
Njogu will be among the Kenyan team who will represent the country in the next year’s Zonal Challege in January to be held in Kenya.
Sixth ranked Ryan Randiek on the other hand, saw off Ethiopian Yabets Kerede whom he beat by two straight sets to one 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in an explosive encounter.
Randiek, son to Nahashon Randiek, the Kenya Hockey Union chairman, was so good on drop balls that his rival was not off the gate fast to get reach the tennis ball.
Yabets started the showdown on a high note after he managed to wallop Ryan the first set, 6-4. However, the last set was a rosy affair for the International Tennis Federation Development Center based Randiek as he dominated six games out of ten games to emerge the victor.
Kenya team head coach Collins Abala heaped praise on his charges for a stellar performance.
“So far our team is looking sharp, yesterday we made some mistakes but today we improved on our work play that has paid to good results,” he said.
With the wins, the duo qualified for the third round.
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